My Testimony
by Virginia M. Gatton

“We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)

Although this Scripture has sustained me at other times of crisis, I confess to doubting its truth when my health went from bad to worse last year. But our God is merciful and in spite of my doubts, He revealed three things that are more important than physical healing. There was also a compelling desire to share this with others.

The first is to develop a deeper, more intimate relationship with the LORD. “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight” (Prov. 3:6). We are to walk as a wise person ”making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” (Eph. 5:15, 16) “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Prov. 9:10)

The second is to memorize more Scripture. Put on the armor of God and take “the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.” (Eph. 6:17) But if we don’t know it, we can’t use it against Satan and his attacks. Those attacks are very real and come at times when we are most vulnerable.

The third is to believe that God hears our prayer. In those times when we are too weak to pray or don’t know how to pray as we should “the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Rom.8:26)

When a fall put me back in the hospital for a hip replacement, God again lifted me by His word: "He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me on my high places.” (II Samuel 22:34 and Ps 18:33)

God answered the prayers of my family and those of my church family and I am recovering physically. "The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning." (Lamentations 3:22,23). Now I can say with the psalmist, “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes” (Ps. 110:71)


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